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Teshome Campbell


In 1998, at the age of 22, Teshome Campbell was wrongfully convicted of first degree murder and was sentenced to 55 years in prison. Over the next 17 years, Teshome attempted every legal avenue to prove his innocence. In December 2015, Teshome's conviction was overturned and in January 2016, Teshome was released from incarceration. Within two months Teshome began to speak publicly about wrongful convictions and to share his personal story. In December 2016, Teshome became part of the University of Illinois police cadet training course on wrongful convictions. Over the past year, he has helped to enlighten hundreds of police cadets about the real and personal consequences of convicting an innocent man.